In 1996, Steeve Iuncker met Xavier who had been suffering from AIDS for the last for twelve years. The photographer wanted to carry out a long-term project to examine our relationship with death. He asked Xavier if he could photograph him once a week “until he died”, not out of voyeurism or inappropriate curiosity, but to “learn about death”, our society’s great taboo. Xavier accepted. Shortly afterwards, Steeve Iuncker suggested to Xavier that he, too, took photos so that they could swap roles and be on an equal footing. A ritual was established. They photographed each other every Thursday at 3pm for two years, creating two contact sheets of twelve poses each. At each meeting, Xavier looked at the sheets from the week before. On each one, he circled his favorite portrait and scrawled a short commentary on the back to explain his choice. The exchange came to an end one Thursday, the day Xavier died.
In 2000, the Fotostiftung de Winterthour presented almost ninety 25cm by 25cm portraits of Xavier. It was not until 2012 with an exhibition at Geneva’s Maison Tavel that the public got to see the original contact sheets of the 95 meetings between Steeve and Xavier. The project was completed with a movie made for the occasion using 16mm film and various audio recordings by Steeve Iuncker over the two years. The photographer had promised Xavier a book, but struggled to find a publisher. In 2012, A jeudi 15h, 95 rdv, was published by Editions le Bec en l’Air. The original contact sheets were reproduced in their entirety with Xavier’s commentaries. In 2015, he deposited his entire work A jeudi, 15h (See you on Thursday at 3) at the Musée de l’Elysée. It represents almost two hundred annotated contact sheets, visual and audio media and prints mounted on aluminum.
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